This cake was commissioned by Ambassador Baptist Church (they have a homeschooling pastor!)for the occasion of their becoming an independent church. It was my honour and privilege to be the baker of the day. :O)
For more pics and write up of the cake do go over to my cake blog! :O)
How does a homeschooling mom with five kids manage to produce a three tier celebration cake??? My pet answer is Love will find a way. :)
This is the first tiered cake after an almost one year break and the first since giving birth to no. 5. No, I'm not going to do this too frequently because it really takes time away from the homeschool, even though school still did carry on. I worked mostly after school hours and I spread out the work over a couple of days so that it was not so intensive. Even so, I spent the whole Saturday in the kitchen till Sunday 3 am.
Yes, this saying kept coming back to me all those long hours in the kitchen:
Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.
How RIGHT Thomas Edison was. This cake, as are most of my other cakes, are birthed from inspiration- a good idea. You know, a light bulb moment. Like, ok, that's a cool thought.
And quite immediately, the perspiration part starts... how do I get this idea to materialize? Every cake I teach myself a new skill. I'm constantly pushing my limits, working at solutions and problem solving. I have a wealth of knowledge from the books I own and the internet. I draw from this knowledge but most of the time, the design is so unique that I have to find my own ways to bring the idea into fruition.
But it starts with an attitude of never say die. The can-do spirit.
I have learned so much from this on going cake adventure. The Lord has taught me a lot of things about character: hard work, determination, resourcefulness, creativity... and the pleasure and pride of working with your hands and producing something of a work (edible!) art.
And all these, I hope my children will learn someday too, with God's love and guidance. It may not necessarily be cake decorating. But I do pray that they will develop passion for something worthwhile and pursue it with their heart. And give God all the glory for the talent that He has given them.
I have seen and heard so many other young homeschoolers who are quite the experts at this and that. (I remember meeting an 8 yr old homeschooler, for instance, who was really in to bio-chemistry.) The homeschooling schedule and the benefit of having a concerned parent as their personal mentor and guide naturally allows children to develop their talents and abilities to their fullest at a young age.
It takes perspiration but what is worth doing is worth doing well.
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came by work." Thomas Alva Edison